Three Ways to Suck as a Talented Leader

You can't do it all yourself. You may be a great drummer, bass player, and vocalist but if you try to do them all at once you are going to be horrible. Take this guy for example. He is awesome to watch.

He is managing several instruments at one time and creating some pretty good music. Now close your eyes and listen... honestlyit isn't that good. It is amazing that he can do everything at once but his music is not that amazing. What do you want to be known for? Working hard or producing something of substance and quality? Talented people often find themselves sucking at leadership in three ways.

1. Talented leaders suck when they attempt to do it all at once.

You may be great at many things but you cannot give 100% in two places at one time. No, I'm sorry: you are not an exception to the rule. There have been many studies debunking the myths of multitasking. If anything is worth doing then it is worth doing all the way. Don't fool yourself into thinking that two half baked ideas are as good as one fully baked.

2. Talented leaders suck when they only start projects.

That is right; the only things that matter are the things that you complete. Don't think that you can start spinning plate after plate without having to come back to them. It is a shame when creative and artistic people don't have the attention span to finish a project. The greater the idea the more attention it deserves from its creator. New events, programs and strategies are like newborn babies that need months of nurturing before they can stand on their own two feet.

3. Talent leaders suck when they never wake up from dreaming.

Sometimes your ideas are too big for the world that we live in. The world of what if is a wonderful place but only has meaning when it is brought to the world of here and now. Even grand ideas need to start somewhere. Dream all you want but make sure that your lofty goals have a chance of being accomplished. I don't want to shatter your dreams or anything but take a look around. That is what you have to work with. Many visionaries are capable of dreaming up the next best thing but are not willing to dream up the steps that it will take them to get there. Walt Disney didn't start with Disney World and Steve Jobs didn't start with the iPad. Decades of hard work and leadership grit helped them go places they may have never dreamed of.

Produce something of substance and quality. Don't settle for anything less than hard work and commitment. Your brilliant ideas do not deserve to be relegated to the shelf of half-assery. Finish what you start and see the steps required to make your crazy dream a reality.

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